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Pastor Lukus Counterman

Pastor Lukus Counterman

Role: Lead for Preaching and Vision

God has uniquely gifted Lukus to articulate and proclaim God's word in our ministry context. Most recently, he pastored Wichita Falls Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. Having completed his doctoral work in expository preaching from Dallas Theological Seminary, he brings fourteen years of preaching, teaching, and pastoral ministry experience with him to Salt Lake City. While providing leadership through preaching, teaching, and ministerial team development, he also serves as an industrial chaplain at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah. Lukus has been a reserve chaplain in the U.S. Air Force for almost six years.

Advent
Sun, Dec 10, 2017
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53 mins 7 secs
In Isaiah's time, Israel had a long, persistent history rebellion, immorality, cruelty to the poor, and idolatry. By the time we get to Isaiah 40, Israel was about to be destroyed as a nation. Life was insecure, with major superpowers of the day fighting for control of the region. This chapter is addressed to those who are in exile and it is a message of comfort and consolation. As captive people in a foreign land, it was easy to get lost in distress and discouragement. When the people focused on the horizontal plain, doubt and fear seemed overwhelming, so the prophet looks at the people and says, "Behold your God," he is coming to comfort his people. In whatever distress or difficult situations we might be facing this Advent season, the call of the prophet rings true today just as it did long ago. We too must behold our God and find comfort in his presence!
Standalone Messages
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
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50 mins 48 secs
In Matthew 16:13-20 we see the first mention of the word “church,” and it comes from the mouth of Jesus, the Head of the church. Jesus uses this word to refer to an assembly of followers that he would build to proclaim his name and spread his blessing to the people of the earth. The heartbeat of Christ is described in this passage – he expresses his desire to build his church. What wonderful news when he says that he wants to use faith-filled disciples in the project. May he embolden each of us to herald the gospel and may he encourage each of us invest in his work.
Standalone Messages
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
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54 mins 29 secs
Genesis 12 marks a turning point in the course of history. With the God’s call of Abram out of the city of Ur, things would be changed forever and a door of hope would be opened for the people of the world. Abram’s story provides a helpful paradigm for anyone who wants to understand God’s heart for missions. In our text this morning we will see that God’s mission involves understanding his calling, believing his promises, and spreading his fame to the ends of the earth. According to Gal. 3:7-9, Christians are children of Abraham by faith. What that means is, in Christ, we inherit Abraham’s blessing as well as his mission. That is, God wants us to go and be a blessing by spreading the fame of Jesus to the neighborhoods and nations of the world. The story of missions is the story of the spread of God’s blessing. May he use each of us in the task.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Nov 05, 2017
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55 mins 45 secs
On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stood up and said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” A tradition grew up in the few centuries before Jesus that on the seven days of this feast, a golden container filled with water from the pool of Siloam was carried in procession by the high priest back to the temple. As the procession came to the Water Gate on the south side of the inner temple court, three trumpet blasts were made to mark the joy of the occasion and the people recited Isa. 12:3, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Jesus stands before us today, declaring His true identity. Some of us will see and believe. Some of us will rejoice in our salvation. Some of us will be confused. But through declaring who Jesus is, God will be glorified in our worship today.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
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54 mins 42 secs
During the first part of Jesus’ ministry people were attracted by his teaching and flocked to him. Many attached themselves to this new Rabbi, some wholeheartedly, some very loosely. But then the time came when their allegiance would be tested. The real nature of the claims of Jesus became apparent. The true disciples were sifted from the false, the deep from the shallow. Jesus’ teaching had become such that it was becoming impossible to follow him unreflectively without commitment. And that’s when things began to unravel, at least that’s what it looked like. People began to leave Jesus… in droves. John writes, “Many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.” One scholar wrote, “Chapter six ends on a note of failure.” Jesus seemingly failed. He couldn't keep the crowd, he couldn’t maintain his following, people are abandoning him, and resistance seems to be winning. But whenever it appears that resistance to Jesus is winning in the world, the people of God need a robust and clear vision of God’s sovereignty over all things, including resistance. May the Lord teach us that truth today.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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54 mins 37 secs
John 6 beautifully illustrates a very typical pattern in the Fourth Gospel. After a significant event is narrated, discussion with either the Jews or the would-be disciples follows. Their misunderstanding opens the way for Jesus to enter a major discourse that reveals more of his true nature. The events of feeding of the five thousand and walking on the water are followed by a discussion with the "crowd." Their failure to understand Jesus offers him the opportunity (and necessity) of expounding further about his identity as the Bread of Life. This is a further development of Jesus the giver of Life that had been the theme in John 4:43-5:47. - Roger Hahn
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Oct 08, 2017
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50 mins 8 secs
In this section of John, we begin to see people embrace Jesus for his miracles. Who is able to walk on water but someone from God? Who is able to feed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish but a Messiah? Will the onlookers understand the eternal implication of these miracles or will they seek to use Jesus to practically fulfill their earthly longings and causes? How about you—do you recognize Jesus for who He is and embrace His will and eternal plan, or do you recognize Jesus for who you want to be and what you want to accomplish? Is your life awesome because you are submitted and committed to God’s will or do you think about how awesome life would be if God would “show up” to do your will?
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
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47 mins 2 secs
One author stated, "Death is the country where every Christless soul lives. The man who knows not God lives a dying life, or a living death; but he who believes in the Son of God passes over from the empire of death, to the empire of life.” Have you passed over from death to life? Jesus is telling you the truth in today’s passage—and it is better to know the truth, however hard it may be to receive. There is eternal death as surely as there is eternal life. There is judgment as surely as there is love. Yet, you can honor the Father through the Son today. There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out all fear! Don’t let the confusion of cultural pluralism rob you of the clarity of Jesus’s words: “Truly, Truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” Hear the voice of the Son: choose life today.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
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31 mins 16 secs
* Due to technical difficulties a 20 minute segment of this sermon was not recorded (beginning at 4:54). In John 5:1-18, the evangelist records the third sign of Jesus, the healing of an invalid at the Pool of Bethesda. The physical restoration of this hopeless crippled man provides spiritual lessons for us concerning the powerful work of God’s grace. The Lord looks on the pitiful state of broken sinners, and provides the means of rescue for people like you and me. Jesus has divine power and authority to loose those who are bound, forgive those who are burdened, and heal those who are broken. May the Lord richly minister that grace to us as we receive his word today.
Standalone Messages
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
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37 mins 51 secs
The Scriptures teach us to honor what is honorable and praise what is praiseworthy, and so as we celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Gospel Grace Church, we will take time to do what Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Authentic Christian leaders reflect a genuine love for and commitment to the people they have been called to lead. They serve with authentic motives and sacrifice deeply. That sort of service to the Lord and ministry to the body of Christ is worth imitating. May the Lord teach us walk in a manner worthy of the gospel mimicking those who God has placed as examples to the flock.